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Minnesota Vikings draft analysis: Brandon Watts

The Minnesota Vikings selected Brandon Watts in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL draft.
The Minnesota Vikings selected Brandon Watts in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL draft.
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Position: Linebacker

Number: 58

College: Georgia Tech

Height: 6-2

Weight: 231

2014 Statistics: 66 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, 1 interception, 1 pass breakup, 1 fumble recovery, 1 forced fumble

My analysis: In limited viewing, Watts showed an explosive burst off the edge as an edge rusher and the power to run through running backs as a blitzing linebacker. He also displayed good wrap-up technique when tackling.

NFL.com’s Nolan Nawrocki’s analysis: A finesse, run-and-hit, coverage linebacker with the athletic traits and raw speed worth developing on the weak side, where he can be covered up in a fast-flowing, one-gap defense such as Dallas, Seattle or Tampa Bay. Could factor on special-teams coverage readily.

The skinny: As a seventh round draft pick, he will enter training camp as a long shot. If he makes the team, his combination of size and athleticism will be a welcomed addition to the Minnesota Vikings’ linebacker group and special teams units.